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handplanes, handle or strap
« on: June 07, 2013, 09:14:56 AM »
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  • Almost that time of year again.I can see the pluses or minuses of both.  Strap- puts your hand in a more natural swimming position, possibly less drag.  Handle- easier to switch between going left and right.  I'm leaning toward an adjustable strap.  Any opinions?

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    Re: handplanes, handle or strap
    « Reply #1 on: June 07, 2013, 09:24:45 AM »
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  • I've been a fan of the strap. After a couple sessions you can easily switch hands pretty quickly.

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    Re: handplanes, handle or strap
    « Reply #2 on: June 07, 2013, 09:33:43 AM »
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  • Agreed on the strap.  I've never felt entirely comfortable with the handle.  There's usually plenty of time to decide which way you're going and pick which hand.  Once you are on the face of the wave, your relationship to the handplane because more passive with the strap, allowing you to focus on other stuff (like how fun it is).  That's my view anyway.

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    Re: handplanes, handle or strap
    « Reply #3 on: June 07, 2013, 09:35:03 AM »
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  • I shape handplanes so I am bias, but after trying so many different types, the strap is the way to go. The hand hole doesn't let you get a true planing surface and you are more-so being dragged behind the board. With a strap, you can put all of your body weight on the board in a steep drop in. I use deep concaves to get added bite into the face.


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    Re: handplanes, handle or strap
    « Reply #4 on: June 07, 2013, 03:12:04 PM »
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  • Straps. Use velcro to make them adjustable. Be creative and find a piece of an old stomp pad or something and make a little grippy thing for your hand. do it. Bodysurfing feels good all over.

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    Re: handplanes, handle or strap
    « Reply #5 on: June 07, 2013, 06:53:30 PM »
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  • No gizmos!
    So heavy you can't even pick it up.

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    Re: handplanes, handle or strap
    « Reply #6 on: June 07, 2013, 10:14:05 PM »
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  • No gizmos!
    What's with all the rules, man? No logs in the box. No gizmos! What's next, no fat chicks?

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    Re: handplanes, handle or strap
    « Reply #7 on: June 08, 2013, 01:36:05 PM »
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  • THanks for the feedback.  Kind of what I was hoping to hear since my craftsperson-hands have a tendency to cramp up. 
    I've got some webbing with buckles- old wetsuitagg for padding, and I'll probably mill some stainless brackets.  Still have to work on grip-pad material. 
    Do straps= gizmos?  Surely they are a 2 on a gizmo scale of 10 - with 10 being a cam (I wish people would realize that no one wants to see their ride).